Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick does not really agree that Nick Kyrgios' serve is top-5 all-time, at least not yet. Mark Petchey, a retired British tennis player who now works as a tennis commentator and analyst, stated on Tennis Channel's Inside-In podcast that Kyrgios' serve is top-5 all time.
Roddick, who himself was known as one of the best servers on the Tour during his playing days, seemingly did not agree with Petchey's claim. Roddick noticed Petchey's claims and responded: "Isner, Karlovic, Becker, Sampras, Arthurs, Ivanisevic, and I’m sure I’m forgetting others.
Who to you leave off to make this statement true?"
Isner, Karlovic, Becker, Sampras, Arthurs, Ivanisevic, and I’m sure I’m forgetting others …. Who to you leave off to make this statement true? — andyroddick (@andyroddick) August 5, 2022
Roddick does not agree with Petchey calling Kyrgios' serve top-5 all-time
"In Isolation, it's one of the top five serves of all time, " Petchey said on Tennis Channel's Inside-In, per Sportskeeda.
"Yeah okay, he hasn't won Majors, so how do you say that? Bottom line is just in isolation, it's one of the best serves of all time." Kyrgios has been playing great over the last two months and his serve has been a major reason why he has been winning a lot in recent weeks.
After a runner-up finish at Wimbledon, Kyrgios reached the Washington final in his first summer hard-court tournament. "I think we are all going to have to accept the fact there's going to be moments where people are going to go 'that felt unacceptable'," Petchey said.
"But, right now, where he is, the quality of tennis that he has put on the court in Washington after coming off the back of that final at Wimbledon, very few players have done and would have done. He has carried that momentum and the passion and the desire, and the focus.
The quality of tennis, takeaway the tweeners and all that, the way he has played in general so far in Washington has been unreal."